We must embrace the cross, though it may sound as though we Christians glory in weakness, cruelty, suffering, and death.
As the king of all, Jesus could have come down from the cross, as the bystanders dared him to do.
While with his tongue the Suffering Servant made “intercession for transgressors” (Isa. 53:12), with torn flesh he made atonement for those who bruised him.
Until our own end, Christ’s Passion remains the singular source of salvation and holiness — in the sacraments, and in our love of him by acts of penance, reparation, and solidarity.
One’s circle of disturbance is inversely proportional to the size of one’s circle of perception. If you are only aware of what is immediately around you, then you will be more apt to frighten animals you don’t see with your ruckus. There is a spiritual lesson in all of this.
The key to understanding the Cross is to shut up, and look, in a mode of humble, agenda-free reception.
When do we get to talk about the Cross again?
How have we set ourselves up as enemies of the Cross? In what ways have we avoided the suffering which establishes community?